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HMCS Valleyfield (K329)

The Canadian River-class frigate HMS Valleyfield (K329) at sea.

The River-class frigates were a class of over 200 frigates launched between 1941 and 1944 for use as anti-submarine convoy escorts in the Atlantic and Pacific.

The majority served with the Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), with some serving in the other Allied navies; the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), the Free French Navy (FFN), the Royal Netherlands Navy and, post-war, the South African Naval Forces (SANF). Twelve River-class frigates were built in Australia for the RAN (four to a modified design), the last of which is HMAS Diamantina, preserved as a museum ship at the Queensland Maritime Museum in Brisbane, Australia.

After World War II they found employment in many other navies the world over; several RCN ships were sunk as breakwaters. One, HMCS Stormont, was purchased by Aristotle Onasis and converted into the luxury yacht Christina O.

Unit RunEdit

Royal NavyEdit

  • HMS Dart (K21)
  • HMS Exe (K92)
  • HMS Avon (K97) - transferred to Portugal, renamed NRP Nuno Tristão (F332)
  • HMS Nith (K215) - transferred to Egypt, renamed Domiat
  • HMS Swale (K217) - transferred to South Africa on July 26th 1945, renamed HMSAS Swale (K217)
  • HMS Ness (K219) - transferred to Republic of China, renamed ROCS Tai Kang (F-21)
  • HMS Chelmer (K221)
  • HMS Teviot (K222) - transferred to South Africa on June 10th 1945, renamed HMSAS Teviot (K222)
  • HMS Rother (K224)
  • HMS Itchen (K227)
  • HMS Wear (K230)
  • HMS Tay (K232) - transferred to ROC, renamed ROCS Tai Chong (F-25)
  • HMS Jed (K235) - transferred to Dominican Republic, renamed ARD Presidente Troncoso (F103)
  • HMS Test (K239) - transferred to Cuba, renamed Antonio Maceo (F302)
  • HMS Kale (K241)
  • HMS Trent (K243)
  • HMS Spey (K246) - transferred to Egypt, renamed Rashied
  • HMS Waveney (K248) - transferred to Dominican Republic, renamed ARD Capitán General Pedro Santana (F107)
  • HMS Tweed (K250) - transferred to Dominican Republic, renamed ARD Presidente Peynado (F104)
  • HMS Ribble (K251) - transferred to Netherlands, renamed *HNLMS Johan Maurits van Nassau (K251)
  • HMS Helford (K252)
  • HMS Helmsdale (K253)
  • HMS Ettrick (K254) - transferred to Dominican Republic, renamed ARD Gregorio Luperón (F106)
  • HMS Ballinderry (K255)
  • HMS Bann (K256)
  • HMS Derg (K257)
  • HMS Glenarm (K258)
  • HMS Lagan (K259)
  • HMS Moyola (K260) - transferred to Dominican Republic, renamed ARD Juan Pablo Duarte (F102)
  • HMS Mourne (K261)
  • HMS Aire (K262)
  • HMS Braid K263) - transferred to ROC, renamed ROCS Tai Chao (F-26)
  • HMS Carn (K264)
  • HMS Deveron (K265)
  • HMS Fal (K266)
  • HMS Frome (K267) - transferred to Thailand, renamed HTMS Tachin (F01)
  • HMS Meon (K269) - transferred to Cuba, renamed Maximo Gomez (F303)
  • HMS Nene (K270) - transferred to ROC, renamed ROCS Tai Ho (F-23)
  • HMS Plym (K271)
  • HMS Tavy (K272) - transferred to Cuba, renamed José Martí (F301)
  • HMS Torridge (K292)
  • HMS Tees (K293) - transferred to ROC, renamed ROCS Tai Hu (F-24)
  • HMS Towy (K294)
  • HMS Usk (K295) - transferred to Egypt, renamed, *Abikir
  • HMS Adur (K296) - transferred to ROC on August 28th, 1945, renamed ROCS Tai Ping (F-22)
  • HMS Annan (K297) - transferred to Denmark on November 27th 1945, renamed HDMS Niels Ebbesen (F339)
  • HMS Barle (K298) - transferred to Thailand, renamed HTMS Prasae (F02)
  • HMS Cuckmere (K299)
  • HMS Evenlode (K300)
  • HMS Findhorn (K301) - transferred to Dominican Republic, renamed ARD Presidente Trujillo (F101)
  • HMS Inver (K302)
  • HMS Lossie (K303) - transferred to Dominican Republic renamed ARD Mella (F105)
  • HMS Parret (K304)
  • HMS Shiel (K305) - transferred to Ecuador, renamed BAE Guayas (E-21)
  • HMS Odzani (K356) - transferred to Belgium, renamed Lieutenant ter zee Victor Billet (F910)
  • HMS Lochy (K365) - transferred to Netherlands, renamed HNLMS Cirrus (K252)
  • HMS Windrush (K370)
  • HMS Wye (K371)
  • HMS Nadder (K392) - transferred to ROC, renamed ROCS Tai Yuan (F-27)
  • HMS Halladale (K417)
  • HMS Monnow (K441) - transferred to Denmark on October 20th 1945, renamed *HDMS Holger Danske (F338)
  • HMS Teme (K458) - transferred to Ecuador, renamed BAE 25 de Julio (E-22)
  • HMS Dovey (K523)
  • HMS Awe (K526) - transferred to Portugal, renamed NRP Diogo Gomes (F331)
  • HMS Taff (K637) - transferred to Netherlands, renamed HNLMS Cumulus (K253)

Royal Indian NavyEdit

  • HMIS Neza (K239)
  • HMIS Mahasena (K240)
  • HMIS Khukri (K243)
  • HMIS Tir (K256)
  • HMIS Dhanush (K265)
  • HMIS Zulfiquar (K266)
  • HMIS Tamar (K292)
  • HMIS Aire (K293)
  • HMIS Hooghly (K330)
  • HMIS Shamshir (K392)
  • HMIS Bengal (K419)
  • HMIS Gajabahu (K420)

Royal Australian NavyEdit

  • HMAS Balmaen (J467)
  • HMAS Nepean (J468)
  • HMAS Bogan (K06)
  • HMAS Naomi (K55)
  • HMAS Williamstown (K66)
  • HMAS Wimmera (K86)
  • HMAS Wollondilly (K98)
  • HMAS Gascoyne (K354)
  • HMAS Hawkesbury (K363)
  • HMAS Lachlan (K364)
  • HMAS Barcoo (K375)
  • HMAS Burdekin (K376)
  • HMAS Diamantina (K377)
  • HMAS Barwon (K406)
  • HMAS Murray (K407)
  • HMAS Culgoa (K408)
  • HMAS Campaspe (K424)
  • HMAS Murchison (K442)
  • HMAS Macquarie (K532)
  • HMAS Warburton (K533)
  • HMAS Murrumbidgee (K534)
  • HMAS Shoalhaven (K535)
  • HMAS Condamine (K698)

Royal Canadian NavyEdit

  • HMCS Dunver (K03)
  • HMCS Megantic (K124)
  • HMCS St. Eduoard (K142)
  • HMCS Foster (K148)
  • HMCS Lingabar (K150)
  • HMCS Shipton (K161)
  • HMCS Charlottetown (K244)
  • HMCS Ettrick (K254)
  • HMCS Meon (K269)
  • HMCS Nene (K270)
  • HMCS Annan (K297)
  • HMCS Chboque (K317)
  • HMCS Jonquiere (K318)
  • HMCS Montreal (K319)
  • HMCS New Glasgow (K320)
  • HMCS New Waterford (K321)
  • HMCS Outremont (K322)
  • HMCS Springhill (K323)
  • HMCS Prince Rupert (K324)
  • HMCS St. Catherine's (K325)
  • HMCS Port Cobourne (K326)
  • HMCS Stormont (K327)
  • HMCS Swansea (K328)
  • HMCS Valleyfield (K329)
  • HMCS Waskesiu (K330)
  • HMCS Wentworth (K331)
  • HMCS Sea Cliff (K344)
  • HMCS Cape Breton (K350)
  • HMCS Ste. Therese (K366)
  • HMCS Lauzon (K371)
  • HMCS Levis (K400)
  • HMCS La Havre (F401)
  • HMCS Westbury (K402)
  • HMCS Rouyn (K403)
  • HMCS Ranney Falls (K404)
  • HMCS Plessisville (K405)
  • HMCS St. Agathe (K406)
  • HMCS Beacon Hill (K407)
  • HMCS Merittonia (K408)
  • HMCS Capilano (K409)
  • HMCS Coaticook (K410)
  • HMCS Hardrock (K411)
  • HMCS Pesaquid (K412)
  • HMCS St. Romauld (K413)
  • HMCS Glace Bay (K414)
  • HMCS Wulastock (K415)
  • HMCS Tisdale (K416)
  • HMCS Henryville (K417)
  • HMCS Joliette (K418)
  • HMCS Kokanee (K419)
  • HMCS Alexandria (K420)
  • HMCS Monnow (K441)
  • HMCS Matane (K444)
  • HMCS Orkney (K448)
  • HMCS St. Stephen (K454)
  • HMCS Saint John (K456)
  • HMCS Teme (K458)
  • HMCS Thetford Mines (K459)
  • HMCS Grou (K518)
  • HMCS Lasalle (K519)
  • HMCS Ribble (K525)
  • HMCS Stone Town (K531)
  • HMCS Toronto (K538)
  • HMCS Antigonish (K661)
  • HMCS Prestonian (K662)
  • HMCS Cap de la Madeleine (K663)
  • HMCS Carlplace (K664)
  • HMCS Eastview (K665)
  • HMCS Hallowell (K666)
  • HMCS Inch Arran (K667)
  • HMCS La Hulloise (K668)
  • HMCS Lanark (K669)
  • HMCS Fort Erie (K670)
  • HMCS Westville (K671)
  • HMCS Longueuil (K672)
  • HMCS Magog (K673)
  • HMCS Northumberland (K674)
  • HMCS Poundmaker (K675)
  • HMCS Penetang (K676)
  • HMCS Royal Mount (K677)
  • HMCS Runnymede (K678)
  • HMCS Alvington (K679)
  • HMCS St. Pierre (K680)
  • HMCS Stettler (K681)
  • HMCS Strathdam (K682)
  • HMCS Sussexvale (K683)
  • HMCS Victoriaville (K684)
  • HMCS Buckingham (K685)

Chilean NavyEdit

  • BAC Covadonga
  • BAC Esmeralda
  • BAC Baquedano
  • BAC Iquique

Free French NavyEdit

  • MN La Confiance (F711)
  • MN La Surprise (F712)
  • MN La Place (F713)
  • MN Mermoz (F714)
  • MN Le Brix (F715)
  • MN Le Verrier (F716)
  • MN L'Aventure (F717)
  • MN Croix de Lorraine (F718)
  • MN La Découverte (F719)
  • MN Lucifer (F720)
  • MN L'Escarmouche (F721)
  • MN L'Ailette (F722)
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